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Chicago Police: Attackers who shot two officers mistook cops for gang rivals

May 8, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Chicago Police: Attackers who shot two officers mistook cops for gang rivals

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An 18-year-old was charged for opening fire on two Chicago Police officers in last week.

Angel Gomez has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi wrote in a Twitter post. Authorities said that the suspect was driving a vehicle utilized in the shooting, and police are looking for other people connected to the incident.

“Please know whether you’re in Chicago, Charlotte, Los Angeles, you’ll have to spend these next few days constantly looking over your shoulder,” Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Sunday during a press conference. “We are coming to bring you to justice, and you will answer for your actions.”

Chicago Police Central Commander Brendan Deenihan said a 15-year-old boy was shot on Tuesday in an SUV. The vehicle drove to Halsted Street and Archer Avenue and dialed 911. The boy was then taken to the hospital.

Authorities believed the other people who were in the vehicle were members of the La Raza gang and followed them in an unmarked patrol van. Police were worried that the gang members might retaliate, according to Deenihan.

The officers lost the SUV and decided to go back to their station. Soon after, a stolen minivan came up behind them and someone inside fired shots at the vehicle in their unmarked van, DNA Info reported.

The bullets struck the police van’s gas tank.

As the van ran out of gas and started to stop, the minivan pulled up to the side of it, and someone opened the side door and opened fire using a “high-powered rifle.”

“It’s quite remarkable, and obviously everyone’s thankful, that the officers were not killed,” Deenihan added.

The minivan then pulled in front of the van, and the officers, though injured, fired through their windshield. They hit the minivan, and the driver fled.

The attackers abandoned the van there because it had flat tires, and the shooter and driver got out and fled on foot. The shooter, with the firearm, ran to a wooded area and buried the gun. A police dog later discovered the rifle.

Chicago Police detectives spoke to La Raza gang members and learned that the men began shooting because they believe the officers were rival gang members, and Gomez reportedly admitted to his role in the incident.

One cop was shot in the arm and hip, and the other was hit in the back. They were hospitalized but have since been released.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the officers survived because of their bulletproof vests.

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